Police: Residents Fight Back During Home Invasion

MGN Online

Police say a trio of home invasion suspects got more than they bargained for during a break-in late Wednesday night.

The incident happened at the Verde Meadows Apartments on South Chelton in Colorado Springs just before midnight.

After the suspects forced their way inside the apartment, police say the couple living there fought back, eventually restraining one of the men until officers arrived. The other two suspects ran off before police got to the scene.

During the struggle between residents and suspects, police say one of the suspects fired his handgun, striking a TV. Police later found the bullet lodged there.

Several people living at the complex heard the fight and called police. When officers got there, they say a man and woman were holding the suspect to the floor. The suspect refused to cooperate when he saw police, and continued to resist arrest and ignore officer commands. Police say an officer had to use a taser to force the suspect to comply. He was then arrested without further incident.

Officers reportedly found a handgun underneath the suspect after taking him into custody.

The arrested suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Lorenzo Brooks. The other two men have not been identified. Police describe them as black men, ages unknown, dressed in dark clothing.

Brooks faces charges of criminal attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, along with other misdemeanor charges.

The two residents sustained minor injuries in the scuffle.